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30 Signs You’re Actually A Procrastinator

30 Signs You’re Actually A Procrastinator

I’m a master procrastinator, a couch lover and a guy who has been nicknamed “the last minute man” (kids have batman and superman, why can’t I get a name?). Nobody can tell you more about procrastination than I.

Below I listed 30 habits of procrastinators. If you find yourself having more than seven then a procrastinator is who you are (and that’s not flattering, you gotta do something about it asap!).

1.You get up late

You try to be an all-nighter and you delay your important tasks to the early AMs. Finally you end the night with a series of “energizing naps” which stop when you suddenly realize that it’s already the next afternoon and you’re not finished.

    2.Everytime is your bed time

    Like I just stated, you don’t know when to sleep or when you wake up. So you simply sleep when you want to procrastinate. You don’t have a certain time to start working which makes it hard to get anything done.

      3.You are getting addictive

      Eating, drinking or nail biting calms you down for a while when you are nervous and stressed. But you just do it to get away from the boring to do list that you have on your shoulder.

        4.When it’s too hard, you give up

        You’re in love with new beginnings, a new movie to watch, or a new piece of cake to eat. You’re just so stressed that the only way to get out of it is to give up.

          5.You no longer trust yourself

          You never keep a promise, especially to yourself. You know that promises are stronger than you and that you can’t get out of it, so you just stop making them.

            6.You envy hard workers

            You admire how organized hard workers are. You really admire them and you want to be the same but deep inside you believe that you can’t That’s why the more you procrastinate the more you admire hard workers.

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              7.Your life is in a predictable loop

              Procrastination became a rooted habit and you can predict your day before it even begins. You know what you can and what you can’t and overcoming your habits is just impossible.

                8.The Last time you hit the gym was 2 decades ago

                With a bad sleeping habit and an addictive/bad eating behavior, getting fit is just a dream.

                You’re good at setting diet plans, but you never implement them.

                  9.Your friends always complain

                  You’re always late for an appointment, you simply don’t get along with the idea of being on time.

                    10.You are always in a hurry

                    Because to be early is boring as hell. And hard too.

                      11.You have a messy room/workplace 

                      You only clean when you have an even more boring task to do.

                        12.You are easily stressed

                        Someone with a messy life must get easily stressed, especially when the idea of not being able to get things done fast become a fundamental belief.

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                          13.You think “meditation” is a new shampoo

                          You’re so stressed that you can’t imagine life without it, relaxation is just an illusion.

                            14.Planning is something you can only find in Game Of Thrones

                            The number of the uncompleted plans you commit yourself to is bigger than the number of episodes of your favorite show. Planning is something that only happens in movies or in GOT.

                              15.And you’re waking up when it comes to deadlines

                              The inner voice only screams when you’re running out of time. You only take action when you’re threatened with a “Must do”.

                                16.Because it never seems to be late

                                You always have enough time. At least that’s what you keep telling yourself.

                                  17.And you’re one of Bill Gates’ favorites

                                  You’ve always find yourself in this quote:

                                  “I will always chose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because, he will find an easy way to do it” – Bill Gates

                                    18.You enjoy dreaming about the future

                                    When you don’t know how to motivate yourself to work, your day dreaming becomes an addiction.

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                                      19.It always seems very easy until you do it

                                      You see people making it and it looks easy but when you try it it’s not. This goes from a body transformation to a business plan. You’re easily excited but never get along with the hard work.

                                        20.The most boring tasks become sexy

                                        From grabbing something from supermarket to paying your phone bills, every boring task become enjoyable except the task you procrastinate. Remember your school days.

                                          21.While facebook is your best friend

                                          The place where all the fun begins, is where you check your “seven-years-haven’t-seen” friend’s status, and the never-ending notifications from people liking your latest post. You spend more time on facebook than the time you spend to get things done.

                                            22.As are excuses

                                            You simply believe you can’t, which is the biggest excuse someone can give.

                                              23.Your kitchen is where you grab motivation

                                              You simply can get your butt off to work and you hope food can do it for you. It’s just another excuse to keep away from what scares you or what makes you feel helpless.

                                                24.You have no weekends

                                                Because you don’t know when to rest, your nights and days are the same. Weekends are when you work and midweeks is when you rest. You’re far from being organized.

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                                                  25.Waking up from “why are you late?” phone calls happens too often

                                                  How many times has your boss called you up for being late and you were sleeping? You know better.

                                                    26.You become a Pepsi man

                                                    Except for Redbull, coffee and tea.

                                                      27.When you love full hours

                                                      You’re in love with full hours. When it’s 7.51 you promise you’ll start at 8.00 and when it’s 8.32 you set the alarm for 9.00.

                                                        28.You’re a “desktop games” fan

                                                        Spider solitaire, Sodoku, bubble shooter, and Packman, all are on your phone or laptop. They’re your work buddies.

                                                          29.If you have a single wish, it is to have more self-discipline.

                                                          You really believe in that.

                                                            30.You are the best at giving advice you never listen to

                                                            You tell people what to do, because you’re a master of research for better ways to get things done, but you never tried them yourself.

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                                                              Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                              25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                                              25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                                              Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                                                              Or even better:

                                                              What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                                                              You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                                                              Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                                                              How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                                                              The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                                                              In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                                                              • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                                                              • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                                                              • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                                                              As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                                                              Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                                                              Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                                                              But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                                                              his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                                                              5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                                                              Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                                                              But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                                                              1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                                                              2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                                                              3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                                                              4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                                                              5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                                                              Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                                                              There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                                                              • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                                                              • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                                                              • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                                                              • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                                                              Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                                                              With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                                                              25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                                                              Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                                                              1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                                                              If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                                                              2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                                                              If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                                                              If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                                                              3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                                                              Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                                                              =sum(

                                                              …and then press F3.

                                                              When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                                                              4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                                                              Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                                                              =match(

                                                              …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                                                              When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                                                              But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                                                              5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                                                              If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                                                              • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                                                              • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                                                              • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                                                              • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                                                              • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                                                              6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                                                              By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                                                              The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                                                              For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                                                              A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                                                              7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                                                              When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                                                              8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                                                              When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                                                              9. Use filtering

                                                              Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                                                              It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                                                              To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                                                              10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                                                              Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                                                              Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                                                              To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                                                              11. See formula results with F9

                                                              If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                                                              Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                                                              12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                                                              If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                                                              13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                                                              Here’s how to use EDATE:

                                                              =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                                                              =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                                                              14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                                                              Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                                                              =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                                                              =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                                                              15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                                                              TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                                                              16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                                                              In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                                                              17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                                                              When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                                                              And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                                                              18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                                                              If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                                                              19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                                                              Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                                                              You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                                                              20. Use data validation

                                                              This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                                                              • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                                                              • Create drop-down lists;
                                                              • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                                                              21. Use conditional formatting

                                                              It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                                                              22. Use formula auditing

                                                              This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                                                              The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                                                              23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                                                              Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                                                              It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                                                              24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                                                              INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                                                              25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                                                              OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                                                              The bottom line

                                                              As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                                                              That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                                                              If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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